"Shield of Thunder" by David Gemmell is a thrilling historical fantasy novel that continues the story of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus and his quest to unite the Greek city-states against the invading Trojans.
One of the strengths of the book is its well-researched and vivid depiction of ancient Greece, with its political intrigues, cultural practices, and military tactics. Gemmell's attention to detail and his ability to bring historical figures to life make the book an immersive and entertaining read.
The characters in the book are also well-drawn and memorable. Odysseus is a complex and charismatic protagonist, with his cunning, resourcefulness, and flaws making him a compelling and relatable character. The supporting characters, such as the fierce warrior Diomedes and the wise priestess Cassandra, are also well-developed and add to the richness of the narrative.
The book's action and battle scenes are another highlight, with Gemmell's skillful prose and vivid descriptions creating a sense of tension and excitement. The battles between the Greeks and the Trojans are particularly well-done, with their bloody and brutal depiction of ancient warfare.
However, the book's pacing can be slow at times, with some parts feeling overly drawn-out. Additionally, the book's mythological and fantastical elements may not be to everyone's taste, especially those who prefer more grounded historical fiction.
Overall, "Shield of Thunder" is a well-written and exciting historical fantasy novel that will appeal to fans of David Gemmell's work, as well as anyone who enjoys stories of epic battles, political intrigue, and heroic quests set in a richly imagined world of ancient Greece.
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